Category Archives: Spiritual Development

How analytical psychology can help you develop your spirituality, faith or relationship with God.

Jung’s regret over “I don’t need to believe, I know.”


Jung’s most famous televised quote came after he was asked if he believed in God. He replied, “I don’t need to believe, I know” (Jung 1959a, p. 428). His reply caused some furore at the time and, in the decades since, it has been quoted by many – such as Richard Dawkins who cites it as an example of blind faith (Dawkins 2006, p. 51).

Jung immediately regretted his answer – because of it’s controversial, puzzling, or ambiguous nature (Jung 1959b). To understand why, we need to take a look at the context of the interview, and the background of Jung’s attitude towards God.

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What makes a Jungian film analysis significant

Films can be much more than entertainment – they also provide mirrors to understand ourselves and the society in which we live.  For this reason, “Jungian” film analysis is popular because it provides deep insights into our individual and cultural maturity. In theory, this should help us to develop.  However, there is a problem with much allegedly-Jungian film analysis because it has the opposite effect – it holds us back.

Jung said there are two ways in which one can use creative works to help our development.  The first, which he called ‘psychological’, contributes very little to our understanding; the second, which he called ‘visionary’, is of significant value (Jung 1930, pp. 103-6).

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